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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How long have I been in Education? Blogging Challenge Day 2


DAY 2: How long and in what capacities have you been in education?  

I graduated from the University of Iowa in 1995.  Go Hawkeyes! 



I entered the education field straightaway as a Kindergarten teacher.  However, I only taught Kindergarten for one year.  Not because I didn’t love those little ones, but it was my first job and in a Preschool-Kindergarten Daycare setting, without health benefits.  I took the job to “get my feet wet” with teaching experience,   I knew I wanted to get into a public school environment as soon as possible.  

My second year of teaching, was actually as a substitute teacher in the district that has become my “home” for the last 17 years (soon to be 18 years).  I took a permanent sub position in a Primary Cross-Categorical classroom for of a half year (due to a maternity leave) to get my foot in the door in a public school.  When the homeroom teacher returned, I continued an additional permanent subbing position in a first grade classroom (yet, another maternity leave) at a different school in the district (Thanks to all of those pregnant Mamas in the district!).  Fortunately, the principal in that school observed me more than a handful of times (talk about pressure!) and offered me a full-time first grade position for the following year.  (THANK YOU!) I stayed in first grade for two additional years at that particular school, and enjoyed myself very much.   Needless to say,  I was very grateful for a full-time teaching position... with health benefits!



Nevertheless, when a second grade opening became available at, yet again, another school in the district (which is where I still reside), I snatched it up!  Exploring new territory is a great way to grow professionally, you know.  Nine out of the fourteen years at my school, I taught second grade.  I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED second grade!  The reason I say “LOVED” in past tense, is because five years ago, I switched out of the classroom and became a Reading Specialist.  This upcoming school year will be my 19th year in education, but only my 6th year as a Reading Specialist.  I still get to work with the little people that make me smile and laugh daily, but I also get to follow my true passion, which is being a specialist of Reading.  Hence, I’m enjoying the best of both worlds at school.  :)

Thanks!



9 comments:

  1. Awesome story. Great to reconnect again. I like how you added the Instagram shots. FANCY!

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    1. Thanks, Lucy! The Instagram button is brand new like the blog! :)

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    1. Ha, thanks! Still have to get the profile picture set up in Instagram, though. :)

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  3. Yes, a specialist position really is the best of both worlds, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your story! Also, the new button is super cute, too! :-)

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    1. I really do love my job as a Reading Specialist and do not take it for granted. Thanks about the button! I couldn't let that "draft button" be on there for long. I love cute things, not dull and boring. I figured out how to cite credit to the clipart and graphic creators in our sidebar. I've been working on the blog all morning. Yay! ;)

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  4. What a journey and yet all meant to be at the time and place each happened! Congrats!

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  5. Thanks Meagan. :) Yes, I agree that everything happens for a reason. Thanks for stopping by and come back often!

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  6. What a journey! Welcome to blogging!!! It sounds like you have some awesome experiences to share!

    ☺Jody

    Camp Kindergarten

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